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First peek: Behold Mary Nguyen's Street Kitchen Asian Bistro

Street Kitchen Asian Bistro owner and executive chef Mary Nguyen
Street Kitchen Asian Bistro owner and executive chef Mary Nguyen
Lori Midson

Street Kitchen Asian Bistro, the first brick-and-mortar to open in the Vallagio at Inverness (Russo's Kitchen + Tavern and a second Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria will open in the same development in February), is Mary Nguyen's second restaurant (her first is Parallel Seventeen in Uptown), but just two days after opening the doors, Nguyen, her staff and kitchen comrades have seamlessly woven their way into the suburban fabric, turning out inspired Asian cuisine that draws from Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, China and Malaysia.

"We just kind of opened the doors quietly, but we've been really busy, and I'm super happy about being down south," says Nguyen, who opened on Tuesday. "I've been talking to a lot of the customers that have come in, and they're all telling me that this area needs more independent restaurants."

After a marathon dinner last night, at which we greedily grazed from Nguyen's menus, one of which is solely devoted to Asian street food and sushi rolls, we're keeping our fingers crossed that this is just the beginning of more -- much more -- to come from Nguyen, who can cook her ass off.

A scroll through our pictorial essay should convince you of the same.

First peek: Behold Mary Nguyen's Street Kitchen Asian Bistro
Lori Midson

Rice paper roll brimming with sashimi grade tuna, avocado slices, cucumbers, leaves of red leaf lettuce, slivers of green onion and thin stalks of tempura-fried asparagus. The dipping sauce, a mix of sweet soy, aioli and shichimi togarashi, a Japanese seven-spice blend, should be bottled and auctioned off to the highest bidder.

First peek: Behold Mary Nguyen's Street Kitchen Asian Bistro
Lori Midson

From the street food menu, which parades, among other things, dim sum -- ginger-scented, chicken-stuffed siu mai

First peek: Behold Mary Nguyen's Street Kitchen Asian Bistro
Lori Midson

Fresh -- not frozen -- pork- and shrimp-studded Shanghai soup dumplings dribbling with juice.

First peek: Behold Mary Nguyen's Street Kitchen Asian Bistro
Lori Midson

Shatteringly crisp rangoons, parceled with blue lump crab meat, goat cheese and cream cheese and sided with a ginger-pear sauce.

First peek: Behold Mary Nguyen's Street Kitchen Asian Bistro
Lori Midson

Nguyen serves thin triangles of firm, chewy, griddled roti, a north Indian bread, with a mellow yellow potato curry. Delicious.

First peek: Behold Mary Nguyen's Street Kitchen Asian Bistro
Lori Midson

Delicate har gow shrimp dumplings perfumed with orange.

First peek: Behold Mary Nguyen's Street Kitchen Asian Bistro
Lori Midson

Thai-spiced steamed dumplings packed with shrimp, mushrooms and pork.

First peek: Behold Mary Nguyen's Street Kitchen Asian Bistro
Lori Midson

Impossibly tender squares of skewered beef, served with a sweet chile-pineapple sauce and pickled vegetables, showcase one of the best satays we've had in this city.

First peek: Behold Mary Nguyen's Street Kitchen Asian Bistro
Lori Midson

Nguyen's board is full of stellar dishes, but the okonomiyaki , which, in Japanese, translates to "as you like it," is the kind of food we truly long for. It's wonderfully messy, smells of funk and not remotely attractive, but the semi-circular pancake penetrated with cabbage, shocking pink pickled ginger, scallions and egg, its surface freakishly fluttering with wisps of shaved fish scales and zigzagged with swipes of mayonnaise and a mixture of Worcestershire and ketchup, is a rare dish in these parts -- and one that we'd gladly eat every day.

First peek: Behold Mary Nguyen's Street Kitchen Asian Bistro
Lori Midson

Kare laksa, a coconut-curried, spicy broth buoyant with snow peas, tofu, shrimp, bean sprouts, cucumbers, pineapple and rice noodles and crowned with a soft, shivering egg oozing yolk.

First peek: Behold Mary Nguyen's Street Kitchen Asian Bistro
Lori Midson

The house fried rice studded with vegetables, chicken, pork, beef, shrimp, lap cheong sausage and a sunnyside-up egg.

First peek: Behold Mary Nguyen's Street Kitchen Asian Bistro
Lori Midson

Japanese miso-glazed grilled beef short ribs.

First peek: Behold Mary Nguyen's Street Kitchen Asian Bistro
Lori Midson

Kaffir lime dressed rotisserie chicken salad skyscraped with red cabbage, cherry tomatoes, verdant greens, red onions, avocado, cucumbers, carrots and crispy noodles.

First peek: Behold Mary Nguyen's Street Kitchen Asian Bistro
Lori Midson

Nguyen's flourless chocolate cake paired with spicy peanuts and kung pao ice cream laced with chile sauce.

First peek: Behold Mary Nguyen's Street Kitchen Asian Bistro
Lori Midson

Street Kitchen's passion fruit mojito, made with ginger pear rum, muddled limes and fresh passion fruit and organic mint.

First peek: Behold Mary Nguyen's Street Kitchen Asian Bistro
Lori Midson

Ginger-kissed Samurai beer floating with star anise and fresh pear slices infused with Sambuca di Amore. Don't knock it till you try it.

First peek: Behold Mary Nguyen's Street Kitchen Asian Bistro
Lori Midson

Street Kitchen's contemporary dining room bedecked with tables minimally flourished, beautiful photography depicting Asia's street-food scene, a separate bar with community tables and an open kitchen with chef's counter seating.

First peek: Behold Mary Nguyen's Street Kitchen Asian Bistro
Lori Midson

Owner and executive chef Mary Nguyen talking to a guest from her exhibition kitchen.

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10111 Inverness Main St.
Englewood, CO 80112

303-799-9800